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Island of Illusion Part II

Revisiting Power Rangers compares, frame-by-frame, the original airings of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (which ran on Fox Kids in 1993) with the reversioned airings (which ran on ABC Kids in 2010), seeking to document any striking visual differences between the two.

For the most part, it is left to the fan to form their own personal opinions on this reversioning.

Watch the complete reversioned versions on Amazon Video. (off-site link)

Today on Power Rangers:

Shot of Zack by himself, looking downward and then back up as his upper torso fades in and out.

Original: Camera fades to black into commercial break.

Reversion: Before fade out begins, shot freezes briefly before transitioning to a shot with pig-skin pattern in background, Pudgy Pig appears via flame teleportation effect within a black-bordered frame to the left. A smaller black-bordered frame appears in the lower-right where Pudgy Pig picks up a trash can and pours its contents into his mouth, falling backward as he does so. Another black-bordered frame appears in the upper right with Pudgy Pig at the food festival, gobbling up tray after tray of food, before turning to face the camera. Cut to nearly full frame-sized, black-bordered frame as Pudgy Pig, in an alley, raises hooves to head before entire frame sucks into the center to reveal Pudgy Pig on a roof-top sucking it into his mouth as shot fades to black into commercial break. [Recycled from Food Fight.]

Partially faded away Zack tries to remember his battle with Knasty Knight. Fade to slowed shot of Black Ranger hurtling over Knasty Knight, who sword slashes him on the way by, sparkily. Slowed zoom out as Black Ranger falls to the ground, but just begins to get back up with smoking Power Axe. Fade to shot of partially faded away Zack, clenching hands together, struggling to remember.

Reversion: As the flashback begins, camera zooms out with the active frame outlined in black to the right and a stylized black-and-white Mastodon Power Coin on a black banner to the left. Camera zooms back into frame as the flashback ends.

Warning! The video clip above violates the three-flashes-per-second rule and as a result may cause seizures in those with photosensitive epilepsy.

Seperating clenched fists, Zack continues to remember his battle with Knasty Knight. Fade to slowed shot of Knasty Knight in zoom out, firing several energy beams at Black Ranger, sparking on and around him. Slowed shot of close on Black Ranger, sparking and bursting and smoking. Slowed shot of Black Ranger jumping through the air, pulling Power Axe over head with both hands. Giant Knasty Knight gets slashed by sword, which causes him to leap off the ground, sparks and pulses of energy are released, until he hits the ground, camera zooming out to show him explode massively. Fade to shot of restored Zack looking at Quagmire in the foreground, who begins walking toward him.

Reversion: As the flashback begins, camera zooms out with the active frame outlined in black to the right and a stylized black-and-white Mastodon Power Coin (glistening briefly) on a black banner to the left. Camera zooms back into frame as the flashback ends.

Side angle on Alpha 5 as he is shocked in the rear by a bolt of electricity, then recoiling and grabbing at his behind.

Reversion: A comic-style “ZAP!” quickly flies in over the bolt and flies away, letter-by-letter, as a red impact shape appears briefly at the location of the shock.

Bulk & Skull walk toward the camera, dressed in mostly almost-white and with wings and halos, stopping as they notice a turtle nearing a sign reading “HOME” with an arrow pointing to our right. They step closer, and then kneel down while talking to each other.

Reversion: The halos are given an additional magical effect.

Warning! The video clip above violates the three-flashes-per-second rule and as a result may cause seizures in those with photosensitive epilepsy.

Partially faded away Kimberly speaks before starting to remember her battle with Terror Toad. Fade to slowed zoom out from Terror Toad as he fires off a few bolts from his horn, causing sparking bursts at the three Rangers, who leap out of the way. Slowed shot of Blue & Pink Rangers rolling away, then getting up, posing with Bladeblasters. Slowed shot of Terror Toad leaping up and at camera, punching with both arms. With camera attached, Pink Ranger pulls arrow back and releases, sending it flying. Arrow POV as it races through the air and strikes Terror Toad. Slowed side angle of arrow shooting into Terror Toad’s open mouth, causing him to expel sparks and smoke. Long shot of Terror Toad crackling with red & yellow electricity, as shockwaves ripple outward from him and he explodes massively. Fade to shot of Kimberly fading back in.

Reversion: As the flashback begins, camera zooms out with the active frame outlined in black to the right and a stylized pink-and-white Pterodactyl Power Coin (glistening briefly) on a pink banner to the left. Camera zooms back into frame as the flashback ends.

Chest up shot of Goldar, facing our left, gesturing about, before finally pointing index finger forth.

Original: Camera fades to black in to commercial break.

Reversion: Shot freezes at end and then fades to shot of black frame with eyeballs showing Eye Guy, in Rita’s palace, turning around to face the camera. Zoom in on eye on Eye Guy’s right chest, showing insert of close on Eye Guy’s main eye opening up, then shooting blue energy beam to eye on left chest, showing insert of girl with baseball bat being kidnapped. Pan to eyeball on lower middle torso, showing insert of Willy being enveloped by blue energy beam from left off-screen. Pan down to eye on Eye Guy’s left knee, showing insert of Willy’s dropped blue hat. [Recycled from I, Eye Guy.] Crash to black.

Partially faded away Tommy closes his eyes and looks downward, trying to remember a battle with some Putties. Fade to slowed shot outside an entrance to the Youth Center of a Putty kicking side-facing Tommy in the gut, causing him to fall down. Fade back to Tommy still trying to remember.

Reversion: As the flashback begins, camera zooms out with the active frame outlined in black to the right and a stylized green-and-white Dragonzord Power Coin (glistening briefly) on a green banner to the left. Camera zooms back into frame as the flashback ends.

Partially faded away Tommy struggles to describe the battle with the Putties. Fade to shot of Tommy spinning around and kicking a Putty in front of the Youth Center. Tommy then grabs a Putty and flings him around and tosses him to the ground. The Putty rolls over and lands on the ground and then teleports away. Fade back to Tommy with clenched fists, fading back in, exclaiming and hitting his chest twice with fist.

Reversion: As the flashback begins, camera zooms out with the active frame outlined in black to the right and a stylized green-and-white Dragonzord Power Coin (glistening briefly) on a green banner to the left. Camera zooms back into frame as the flashback ends.

Trini, lying on a dirt hill, screaming out about Billy as she fades away. Fade to shot of Billy climbing up to the top of a mountain as a Putty stalks him from below. Clinging to rock, Trini glances over the side. Trini POV shot of looking over the side, all wavy. Trini shouts over rock. Billy climbs, looks back, a Putty runs, and Billy climbs higher. Fade to shot of worried Billy looking on, confused as he is fine.

Reversion: As the flashback begins, camera zooms out with the active frame outlined in black to the right and a stylized yellow-and-white Sabertooth Tiger Power Coin (glistening twice, briefly) on a yellow banner to the left. Camera zooms back into frame as the flashback ends.

Trini, lying on a dirt hill, begins to remember the conclusion of the incident. Fade to shot of Trini running up to defend Billy. Close on Trini standing ready in front of Billy. A Putty turns around and faces our left. Closer on Trini and Billy, Trini motioning for the Putty to c’mon. Long shot of the Putty rushing in and Billy & Trini stepping out of the way. Closer on the Putty as he dives off the cliff. Upward angle on Putty falling through the air. Fade to shot of relieved Trini, fading back in.

Reversion: As the flashback begins, camera zooms out with the active frame outlined in black to the right and a stylized yellow-and-white Sabertooth Tiger Power Coin (glistening briefly) on a yellow banner to the left. Camera zooms back into frame as the flashback ends.

Partially faded away Billy tries to remember his battle with Madame Woe. Close up of Madame Woe’s forehead as blue gem gleams brightly. Madame Woe, left fingernails extended out, gestures to mouth and unleashing mist-breath to our left. With ropes around his neck, Blue Ranger struggles as his chest bursts, followed by all around him. Repeat of Blue Ranger sparkbursting, closer. Madame Woe yanks up ropes. Blue Ranger goes flying upward toward Madame Woe. As he flies over Madame Woe, Blue Ranger gets sparkily slashed in the chest. Zoom out from helmet, as Blue Ranger holds both ends of Power Lance in the air, then throws them upward. Power Lance halves materialize in a blue flash of energy, connected to the bottom side of the Power Bow next to the Power Daggers. Blue Ranger leaps up with Power Lance, slashing forth in zoom in. Madame Woe gets shot by golden ball of light, causing her to glow for a moment, then as she falls, yellow electricity crackles. Once she hits the ground, she blows up. Fade to shot of Billy, fully faded back in, checking his arms to double-check.

Reversion: After the first flashback shot, camera is already zoomed out with the active frame outlined in black to the right and a stylized blue-and-white Triceratops Power Coin (glistening briefly) on a blue banner to the left. Camera zooms back into frame as the flashback ends.

Shot of Trini, Zack, Billy, Kimberly, and Tommy on sandy hill, screaming for help as they fade away.

Reversion: Additional commercial break inserted - before the break, fade to a shot of a clown looking to our right with a superimposed Putty head enclosed in a carnival style frame with “POWER RANGERS” in a banner above. Banner slowly moves up before camera pans right to another enclosed frame of Pineapple the Clown sprinking magic golden dust as Trini looks on in horror as Sylvia is now a cardboard cutout. Camera pans right to an enclosed frame of Pineapple the Clown melting into the ground as Pineoctopus emerges. Camera pans right to an enclosed frame of giant Pineoctopus looming over the five Rangers in front of dark storm clouds. [Recycled from No Clowning Around.] Crash to black. Camera fades from black out of commercial break to replay of original shot.

Warning! The video clip above violates the three-flashes-per-second rule and as a result may cause seizures in those with photosensitive epilepsy.

Partially faded away Jason looks up and to his right, shouting. Fade to slowed zoom out as King Sphinx turns around and fires staff. Slowed shot of Red Ranger, with Putties lying prone around him, narrowly missed by a pair of bursts, leading to him rolling out from the smoke. Fades to shot of Red Ranger fighting King Sphinx in quarry, sword to staff, up close. Close up of Red Ranger slashing sword at us with both hands over head. Close up of King Sphinx getting struck in the chest by sword, sparking and smoking. Giant King Sphinx gets slashed by sword, sparks and pulses of energy are released, until he collapses, camera zooming out to show him explode massively, which turns into an added burst of sparks. Fade to shot of Jason, fully faded back in, looking down at left arm to double-check.

Reversion: As the flashback begins, camera zooms out with the active frame outlined in black to the right and a stylized red-and-white Tyrannosaurus Power Coin (glistening briefly) on a red banner to the left. Camera zooms back into frame as the flashback ends.

A stylized lightning bolt drops in from the top of the screen, causing lightning to crackle once it hits its final destination.

Original: Lightning bolt is from 1993 MMPR logo.

Reversion: Lightning bolt is from 2010 MMPR logo.

In Megazord cockpit, the six Rangers (Green standing) fade into the scene.

Reversion: Six Ranger-colored energy orbs fade in before the Rangers do (Black’s energy orb is white). All Rangers briefly glow gold after fade in.

Camera tracks left as Titanus rolls through misty marsh.

Reversion: A comic-style “TITANUS” in black letters slowly rises up from behind the trees and briefly glistens with a blue shine.

Ultrazord fires multiple rocket blasts.

Reversion: A red, spinning, radial gradient tracks behind the Ultrazord as it moves across the screen.

The raging black and blue storm clouds fade away, leaving a clear and sunny sky around the Ultrazord.

Reversion: Roughly halfway through the sky transition, Ultrazord is cut out from the background featuring multiple different spinning radial gradients. Ultrazord grows toward the camera as comic-style “ULTRAZORD” in red-outlined white letters zooms in from the right before Ultrazord shrinks back to its original size.

Bulk completes a spin as part of his dance routine by falling on the ground.

Reversion: When Bulk hits the ground, a comic-style “SLAM!” in blue-lettering appears over the bottom of the screen.

Zack completes his dance routine and points at the camera. Long shot as clapping Ernie walks in from the left to announce the winner. Shot of the three judges, all holding up “10” cards. Zack throws his arms in the air, embraces Ernie, and then is joined by the other teens, Trini hugging him, and then he shakes hands with the others. Closer shot as the hand shaking continues.

Reversion: End credits run over bottom half of frame during final scenes of the episode, rather than the :30 second outro.

Zack invites the others to dance, and they begin to do so. Freeze frame. Fade to black.

Original: After freeze frame, Executive Producers credit fades in over center of frame.

Reversion: End credits continue running over bottom half of frame. After freeze frame, the teens are cut out from a now somewhat-striped, purple background as black shapes slide in on diagonals and a color-changing energy stream fades in.

Episode Segment Lengths
Airing“Today on Power Rangers”Opening CreditsEpisodeEnding CreditsTotal
Original00:3001:0218:1600:3120:19
Reversion00:3001:0218:5700:0420:34

Thanks to SirStack’s Morphylogeny (off-site link) for the use of some clip descriptions.